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Daily Archives: 2018-02-12

GovtTech: Disruption of SingPass and CorpPass systems due to server fault

Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech) has announced on Monday (12 February) that comprehensive system review has been conducted on the SingPass and CorpPass systems following two disruptions last week and note that the two disruptions were due to server fault and not cyber-security related. Citizens had complained on Thursday and Friday that they were unable to access the govt service. The agency …

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LTA expects to create 8,000 jobs by 2030 to support the expansion of public bus and rail networks

Land Transport Authority (LTA) is expecting to create up to 8,000 new public transport jobs by 2030 to support the expansion of public bus and rail networks to meet Singapore’s future needs, as well as set aside $25 million over five years for the Land Transport Innovation Fund to spur innovation and collaborative projects with industry partners to further encourage mobility-related research …

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Thai government starts review of Kra Canal

by Vincent Low The Bangkok Post yesterday (11 Feb) reported that the Thai government has officially started to review the feasibility of the Kra Canal project which would connect the Gulf of Thailand to the Andaman Sea across southern Thailand, significantly short-cutting the marine route between the Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean. Most importantly, the canal would provide an alternative …

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Public Health England’s latest report re-affirms findings of e-cigarettes being significantly less harmful than conventional cigarettes

Public Health England (PHE) has recently released a new report on e-cigarettes as a review of current evidence and an update on its 2015 report which stated that e-cigarettes are 95% less harmful than conventional cigarettes. PHE, an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care in the United Kingdom, commissioned leading independent tobacco experts to review evidence on …

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How much of the $3 billion foreign workers’ levies have been used to help foreign workers?

I refer to the article “Left in the lurch when foreign bosses disappear” (Straits Times, Feb 12). The article quotes Migrant Workers’ Centre (MWC) stating that there have been at least six cases of non-Singaporean employers absconding without paying their foreign workers in the past one and half year. The GONGO (Government Organised Non-Government Organisation) notes that in each case, more …

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Malaysia’s EPF declares highest payout of 6.9% since 1997, CPF low rates remain unchanged since 2001

by Philip Ang Have members of Singapore's Central Provident Fund (CPF) scheme been fleeced by the People's Action Party (PAP) government for decades? A comparison between Malaysia’s Employees' Provident Fund (EPF) scheme, which closely resembles our CPF, shows some glaring differences. EPF is: – not a loan to the Malaysian government at low rates of return. – managed by professional …

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